Chain Season Is Upon Us.

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Big T's Comment
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Remember starting tomorrow chains are required on your truck if going through Colorado.

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Bob B.'s Comment
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Right now I'm home daily on a gravy account in Phoenix. If I go back OTR I'm signing with a certain company that pays the driver to shutdown in bad weather. And I think they route around obvious bad areas.

Also, different states require a different chain up combination. Maybe the best thing to do is just carry 8 chains always.

OTR:

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OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

PackRat's Comment
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I carry 12 plus 4 auto sox.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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We are not given chains in my area, only those who are required by law to have them are and they really are not supposed to use them unless in a emergency.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Auggie69's Comment
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We are not given chains in my area, only those who are required by law to have them are and they really are not supposed to use them unless in a emergency.

One of our new drivers who had just gone through chaining as part of his computer training asked when we were supposed to chain-up. I told him that we don't. If it's that bad outside we don't go out. A loaded trailer going out in the City is usually fine. It's coming back when you're empty that you can't get anywhere.

He then asked why chaining was part of the computer training. I said, "Oh, that's so you know how to chain your car so you can get to work." :)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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One thing I just thought about that the newest drivers may not be aware of is even if your company policy is, "We Don't Ever Use Chains", you must carry the required amount on your truck when the chain season begins. That's each state, no matter what the temperature may be.

Some states go from September thru mid-June.

Bird-one's Comment
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Exactly, or you're asking for a hefty fine.

One thing I just thought about that the newest drivers may not be aware of is even if your company policy is, "We Don't Ever Use Chains", you must carry the required amount on your truck when the chain season begins. That's each state, no matter what the temperature may be.

Some states go from September thru mid-June.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Chains to pull 4 wheelers out of the ditches? Just kidding!

You are required to carry chains in many states. Although, that doesn't mean you have to use them (depending on company you work for). Simple message to dispatch like "chains up on Donner. Forcasting 10 feet of new snow. Unsafe, staying put at Sacramento 49er. Let ya know when rolling to get new appt time."

No freight is worth your life and those around you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I actually do haul around a 40' length section of 7/8" chain for pulling heavy objects.

Big T's Comment
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That chain can be useful when your truck is stuck. Not that I have ever had to get pulled out of a frozen spot or two lol.

I actually do haul around a 40' length section of 7/8" chain for pulling heavy objects.

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